Burr Applauds Senate Passage of Landmark Bill to Fight Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of H.R. 6, the Opioid Treatment and Recovery Act:

“Today marks a significant step forward in the fight against the opioid crisis that has devastated families and communities across the country. Over the past seventeen years, more than 12,000 North Carolinians have died from an opioid overdose; in just the last year, overdose-related deaths increased by 13 percent. We must do more to reverse this deeply troubling trend. This bill supports key policies and programs within the Department of Health and Human Services to find new ways to treat and prevent addiction, strengthen existing efforts and further crack down on illicit trafficking. I want to thank each Chairman for their leadership on this critical public health issue, and I look forward to bringing this legislation to the president’s desk as soon as possible.”